Deborah Johnson

What resolved this grandmother's SI joint symptoms due to degenerative sacroiliitis?

Deborah's Story

"I had been suffering from low-back pain for years."

"It was absolutely depressing because if you hurt all the time, it’s a cycle. You hurt; you sit; you don’t do things; you don’t get out. I was limited in my ability to stand for periods. I was limited in my ability to walk. I was limited in my ability to lift. It was difficult to do my job. It was difficult to play with my grandchildren. Stair climbing was almost impossible."

"I met with my doctor following my injection, which showed that the source of my pain was the SI joint, he explained the procedure, which would be an implanting of these implants in my SI joint. The procedure went very well. I was up and out of bed that same day, into physical therapy. I have no awareness of having the implants in my back at all. I gardened all summer, and it was no problem for me."

"It was just a whole new world that opened up for me."

The iFuse Implant System is intended for sacroiliac fusion for conditions including sacroiliac joint dysfunction that is a direct result of sacroiliac joint disruption and degenerative sacroiliitis. This includes conditions whose symptoms began during pregnancy or in the peripartum period and have persisted postpartum for more than 6 months. Clinical studies have demonstrated that treatment with the iFuse Implant System improved pain, patient function, and quality of life. There are potential risks associated with the iFuse Implant System. It may not be appropriate for all patients and all patients may not benefit. For information about the risks, visit: www.si-bone.com/risks

"It was just a whole new world that opened up for me.

I had many years of suffering from low back pain.

It was absolutely depressing because if you hurt all the time it’s a cycle.  You hurt, you sit, you don’t do things, you don’t get out.  

I was limited in my ability to stand for periods, I was limited in my ability to walk.  I was limited in my ability to lift.  It was difficult to do my job, it was difficult to play with my grandchildren.  

Stair climbing was almost impossible.

When I met with my doctor following my injection which showed that the source of my pain was the SI joint he explained the procedure which would be implanting of these implants in my SI joint which he felt would go a long way to helping me with the issues that I had had with walking and standing and lifting and would stabilize that SI joint.

The procedure went very well. I was up and out of bed that same day, into physical therapy to learn how to use a walker and the crutches, and I was home, and it was easy.

I have no awareness of having the implants in my back at all.  I’m not aware of them.

I was able to start to walk again.

Being able to walk a couple of miles a day has been wonderful.  It has just freed me up to be able to exercise again and get outside. 

Being able to go up and down stairs has been wonderful.  Being able to lift the grandchildren has been, they come running out of the car to see me and I can actually pick them up without pain.  

I had the surgery in October.  In March I went to Washington, D.C. with a group and as soon as we got there the group decided we would walk from our hotel to the Pentagon, which was a good distance and I walked with no discomfort whatsoever and I thought wow.  I could never have done this before.  

This time of year we bring in a wheelbarrow full of wood to put in the wood box every day and I’m now the one who’s happy to go down fill it up, bring it up, bring the wood in. 

We have a very large step outside our back steps and I have short legs and it’s still hard to do that step but I’m able to do it. 

I gardened all summer.  We have a huge garden and it was no problem for me. 

I have been dismissed by my doctor at this point after one year.  I had three month visits where I had CAT scans and x-rays to determine that the implants were in the proper place and that the bone was in the exact place where they were forming over the implants, and I got my walking papers so to speak and have been set to go.

It has made my life absolutely better."